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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ACT AGAINST YENGENI

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR MEMBERS' ETHICS AND INTEREST

The deliberate attempts by the ANC in the Ethics committee today to play down Tony Yengeni's non-disclosure of vehicles and property as an innocent omission is not convincing. Mr Yengeni is after all the Chief Whip of the Majority Party tasked with ensuring that two thirds of the Members of Parliament abide by the rules of Parliament.

The media reports clearly indicate that the acquisition of the vehicle involved fall outside normal business practice, which has been confirmed by the company involved. Furthermore, the media has exposed that traffic fines confirm that Mr Yengeni used the vehicle before his first payment. Mr Yengeni has not refuted these facts in his response, neither has he adequately explained the funding and acquisition of this particular vehicle.

Mr Yengeni, like various ANC MPs and members of the Executive in recent times, is showing complete and utter disdain for the institution of Parliament. Yengeni's lack of regard for the Ethics Committee has also raised the concern that there might be other interests that he has not declared. After three requests by the Ethics Committee to respond to allegations brought against him, Yengeni has still not provided an adequate explanation.

The UDM calls on the Ethics Committee to take a strong, hard line of action regarding Yengeni's contempt. The Speaker, herself, has created a precedent by deviating from existing inadequate penalties, by publicly reprimanding two ANC Members of Parliament found guilty of abusing parliamentary travel privileges. Yengeni deserves nothing less. He has shown complete and utter contempt for the institution of Parliament.

Enquiries:
Mr Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Members' Ethics and Interests

Cape Town
08 May 2001

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